Radio broadcasting has been an integral part of Hartford history since the early part of the 20th century. WDRC, the state’s first station (1923), helped pioneer FM radio technology in the early 1940s. Many Hartford residents learned about the end of World War II via radio, and the medium played a key role in keeping people informed during the floods of 1938 and 1955, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the great Northeast Blackout of 1965. Surprisingly, Hartford, the capital of “the land of steady habits,” saw two stations break from the pack to help bring the British Invasion to the state in the early 1960s. And thousands of schoolchildren eagerly listened to WTIC’s legendary Bob Steele on wintery mornings as they excitedly awaited school closing announcements. The author, a broadcast engineer since 1978, offers a glimpse into the history of the area’s broadcast stations and the people who ran them.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.